|Full name||Tea Faa'tea Ropati|
September 7, 1964 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|1991||Mangere East Hawks|
Tea Faa'tea Ropati (born 7 September 1964 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a former rugby league player who represented New Zealand and Western Samoa. He is currently the assistant coach with the Mangere East Hawks.
Tea is married, to Vanessa (née Hawken), and has 5 children.
Ropati started his professional career with the Newcastle Knights in 1988 before moving to England. Playing for St. Helens he made a name for himself as a Centre/Five Eighth who kicked goals. He also won the 1992/3 British First Division player of the year award.
Tea Ropati played Centre, i.e. number 4, in St. Helens's 24-14 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1991 Lancashire Cup final during the 1991–92 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington, on Sunday 20 October 1991, and played Stand-off/Five-eighth in the 4-5 defeat by Wigan in the 1992 Lancashire Cup final during the 1992–93 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens, on Sunday 18 October 1992.
In 1995 he returned home to join the new Auckland Warriors in the First Australian Rugby League premiership. He was the Warriors player of the year in 1995. He stayed with the Warriors for four seasons before retiring after the 1998 season.
Ropati participated in the charity boxing event Fight for Life on several occasions during the early 2000s.
On 21 January 2008 Ropati began a trial in Auckland on charges of rape and unlawful sexual connection, to which he pleaded not guilty. The woman stated she awoke in a car near Victoria Park. "I remember coming to. I remember an angry face over me. It was an angry, twisted face. I remember being in pain." Ropati was married at the time, and although he admitted the sexual connection he stated that it was consensual.
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- David Eames (21 January 2008). "League star in sex case named". The New Zealand Herald.
- "Footballer Tea Ropati accused of rape". The Daily Telegraph. 21 January 2008.
- Andrew Koubaridis (31 January 2008). "Ropati not guilty on all charges". The New Zealand Herald.